Action Alert – NJDEP Update

NJDEP has heard from us about issues with the Freshwater Wetlands Permit Application. 

  • See the attached transcript of the comments (PDF) at the November 5, 2018 hearing at Franklin High School.
  • By November 20 (the deadline to send comments to NJDEP about this permit), over 1,000 comments were sent. 

NJDEP is still reviewing the permit applications and asking Williams/Transco for more information.  Permits are needed from NJDEP for Freshwater Wetlands, Flood Hazard Area, Coastal Wetlands and Waterfront Development.

  • None of the applications have been deemed to be “technically complete”.
  • Applications were received by the NJDEP on June 20, 2018, and they have one calendar year to either grant or deny each permit.

NJDEP stated that there will be another hearing, but the details have not been publicized.  We suspect that the next hearing will be in Old Bridge or Sayreville.

ACTION ALERT: Review NJDEP Application Documents

For the NJDEP hearing, you can review application material from Williams/Transco to NJDEP at:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Bm6kTq6Fv0JJIC-ra2pOXBH5SPYGWf0c?usp=sharing

These were obtained from the NJDEP through an OPRA request.

The hearing on November 5 is for the Freshwater Wetlands application.

Application for Freshwater Wetlands

Read full ACTION ALERT for the November 5 meeting on TAPinto

Note:  Files on the Google drive with “2017” contain material from the original application that was withdrawn.  The current applications, submitted June 20, 2018, should be marked as 2018.  Not all files are clearly labeled, however.

Send comments to the NJDEP

  • Commissioner Catherine McCabe: Commissioner@dep.nj.gov
  •  Director Ruth Foster: Ruth.Foster@dep.nj.gov

Williams/Transco submitted new applications for water permits (Freshwater Wetlands, Flood Hazard Area Control, Coastal Wetlands, & Waterfront Development) on June 19, 2018.

  • Tell NJDEP that you want them to hold two (2) public fact-finding meetings – one by the Raritan Bay (Old Bridge / Sayreville) and one by the proposed Compressor Station 206 area (Franklin Township / South Brunswick).
  • Tell NJDEP that you expect them to deny the permits unless they obtain and carefully review all needed information and actually find that the proposed project would not cause harm to the environment, people or wildlife.
  •  Tell NJDEP that an increase in reliance on fossil fuels for energy does not support New Jersey’s goal to transition to renewables and clean energy.

Sign the letter to NJDEP and either mail it or give it to a member of the Task Force to mail
Click here for link to the letter to print, sign & mail

NOTE: A request for fact-finding meetings needs to be in writing to NJDEP and received in Trenton by August 3.

Confused about FERC terminology…these quick tips might help

(Details at https://www.scrap-nese.org/actions-to-take/)

Intervenor: A stakeholder, a taxpayer, directly affected by Compressor/pipeline, or anyone from the public whose participation is in the public interest.  Being an intervenor legally empowers your comments and ensures that FERC registers the concern.  You must be registered with FERC, see below.  We encourage everyone to file for intervenor status.


eRegistration (
https://ferconline.ferc.gov/eRegistration.aspx)

The process of identifying to FERC, you will be issued a FERC ID Number via your email.  Keep the email and password you used to register for future communications with FERC.
Once eRegistered, you can:

  • eSubscribe, to receive email notifications of new items posted about NESE (CP17-101).
  • eFile – file a Motion to Intervene, requiring answer from FERC, or
  • eFile – submit simple comments for FERC’s attention only.


eFiling (
https://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp)
Motion to Intervene:

  • On the Filing Type page, select General – Intervention – (doc-less) Motion to Intervene.
  • Copy and paste (or write your own) reason why you should be an intervenor.

NOTE:  Save comments to post as a separate action at a later stage.

Comment:

  • Have a comment ready as a Word document to upload.
  • On the Filing Type page, select general – comment
    (on Filing, Environ, Report or Tech Conf) – Comment.
  • On the File Upload page, select Browse … go to your documents and select the one you want to send … select Upload.


eComment (
https://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp):

  • There’s no need to be registered or an intervenor to submit just comments.
  • Best is to copy & paste prepared comments from a text file into the text box.

Note: You may eFile comments/interventions as frequently and as many times as you want.
Use material provided by Franklin Twp Task Force (FTTF) to include in your comments.